POLICE have arrested a 14-year-old teen boy in the shooting at Siam Paragon luxury shopping mall this afternoon (Oct. 3) that left three people dead and two injured, TV Channel 7 said.
At 4.15 p.m. both Thai and foreign shoppers ran out of the mall after hearing a loud noise. BTS Skytrain continued operating as normal, only closing the Siam Paragon side with passengers able to continue using the Siam Square gate.
One of the people at the scene of the shooting took a one-minute video clip in which he asked those fleeing the mall where the shooting took place and they said M floor.
One of them said when he heard the first bang he thought someone had dropped something heavy but when two more shots rang out people panicked and started running out.
Many shoppers who escaped from the mall shared photos they took on X, formerly Twitter, with some saying they did not run out but hid in the mall.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Noppasin Poolsawat, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police and a team from Pathumwan police station went to inspect the scene of the shooting, with patrol teams from all nearby police stations also mobilised and have now surrounded this shopping mall.
Police went through a surveillance camera clip which showed that at least one person, who was wearing tight clothing and boots, drew a pistol in the mall. He was caught and taken into custody and it was later reported that he was just 14 years old.
The 14-year-old teen arrested by police after a shooting at Siam Paragon mall left three dead and two injured. Photos: Sanook.com